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A constable was injured during a service delivery protest in Hartbeespoort on Thursday morning, North West police said.

The officer was hit in the face by a thrown object and was rushed to a local hospital, said Brigadier Thulani Ngubane.

He was in a satisfactory condition.

“Several people were arrested during the protest and they will be charged with public violence,” Ngubane said.

A group of residents from Shambrix informal settlement near Hartbeespoort began protesting in the early hours of Thursday.

Ngubane said the protesters barricaded the R506 road with burning tyres and other objects.

“We believe the protest was related to the people's dissatisfaction with Madibeng Municipality's delivery of services, because they were requesting to speak to the mayor,” he said.

Ngubane said calm had been restored by noon, but police were keeping watch. – Sapa


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